Medium garnet red, brick hue. Nose of dark fruit with some woody, earthy tones as well as green bell pepper scents. On the pallet this is ripe and sweetish similar to an old Claret. There is a green note in thr background complementing the tertiaty CabSav aromas. May be it comes from the CabFranc or PetitVerdot in the blend or CaSav itself was not fully mature. Since the tannins were soft, the green notes did notarticularly disturb me in this case.
Dinner at home: Was curious to try a mature Bordeaux blend from a quality South African producer, and given some of the guests preference for bigger reds I thought would give it a try. Medium garnet color, very new world with rich sweet dark fruits, which for my taste is overripe, eucalyptus and tar. Was however puzzled by a clearly green streak, from the Cabernet Sauvignon I suppose in the this otherwise overripe wine with 14.5% alcohol. What I don't mind in a Sociando Mallet with it's cooler and dryer aromatic profile, does not work for me with much sweeter dark fruit.
Tasted blind. Decanted about two hours. Fresh and lively, great youthful color. Ripe, sweet and lush, very new world fruit spot on for a cab-heavy Bdx blend. Btw, the 'drink latest' prediction of 2014 is way off base. Good till 2020 and likely beyond.
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